We’ve all known those who can fake their way out of the office just to be spotted later at the local pub.
But for those of us who hate missing work and falling behind, sometimes deciding when we should pay for a professional opinion is a struggle.
After talking with a few local physicians, their advice is similar, be honest and give the complete version of how you’re feeling.
“If you’re truly concerned and you’re in a great deal of pain or just need reassurance, we encourage our patients to come in,” said Norwalk family medicine practitioner Sara Meyer.
Many patients come in on a whim and this could hurt you in the long run, she said.
“When a patient comes in and isn’t being completely honest about their level of pain, we prescribe them something to eliminate that pain. If we come to find out the patient hasn’t been upfront, then we’ve got a big problem,” Meyer said.
Those who try to pull a “fast one” could eventually end up with a real illness and may not be able to take certain medication because they’ve abused it or their body has become immune to that type of drug, she said. This could mean prescribing a more powerful drug, which could result in more expenses, as well as more side effects.
“Anytime we’re trying to make a diagnosis,” Meyer said. “We need to know everything. If you’re not being honest about your medical, family or sexual history, a drug we prescribe could be potentially harmful or fatal. By telling your doctor exactly what hurts, how badly it hurts and if it’s reoccurring, we can prescribe something directly for your needs with maximum benefit.”
Though many patients are skeptical about some treatments, Meyer said give it a try, or if you’re not comfortable, tell your doctor, explain why and put your heads together to come up with another way.
“No matter what anyone says, we are here for you, the patient,” she said. “Our job is to make you feel better and if you’re concerned, we’re concerned.”